Usually, our practice slows down a bit during the November/December holiday season. People are generally in a good mood, holiday bonuses (regardless of size) bring smiles to employee faces, and the overall feeling of good will toward men abounds. Employees and employers swallow their differences and cooperate in a spirit that many would like to see replicated throughout the year.
You may note that it's been a while since this poster has appeared on the blog. It's not because I don't have anything to say (no comment from my co-workers, please). It's because I've been busy. Quite busy. Unusually busy.
Employers who normally look to the holiday season for a respite from employee strife are not experiencing such a breather this year. It's a sure sign, if you needed another one, that our economy is not in the best of health.
While it may be difficult to dole out discipline during the holidays, it will serve you well in the long run if you continue your habit of uniformly enforcing policies and procedures. And hopefully addressing one or two troublesome issues will help to keep those others off your plate, at least until the turn of the year.
Best to you for the holiday season. Check back at the first of the year for more on the HS&D L&E Blog (yes, we still need a name)!